Norfolk, Va. (Apr. 6, 2014) --- Cameron Cecil was four-for-six with a grand slam, triple and a career-high six runs batted in to lead Delaware State to a 19-10 MEAC North victory over Norfolk State at Marty Miller Field today. The Hornets won two of the three games in the weekend series to improve to 14-10 overall and 5-4 in the MEAC. The Spartans fell to 9-19 and 6-5.
Delaware State scored four runs in the sixth inning to open up an 8-4 lead; and exploded for 10 runs in the eighth to lead 19-5.
Cecil had a two-run triple in the sixth and hit his first career grand slam to highlight the 10-run eighth. It was the Hornets’ first grand slam since Aaron Nardone hit a bases loaded shot at Lehigh last season.
DSU designated hitter Mike Alexander was three-for-four with a homer, double and two RBI.
DJ Miller had three hits (3-for-6), while Eddie Sorondo drove in three runs for the Hornets. Miller raised his batting average to a team-high .474. He has at least two hits in 10 of the 21 games he’s played this season.
Delaware State opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Sorondo.
Norfolk State answered with three runs in the bottom of the first to take a 3-1 lead.
The Hornets scored single runs in the second, third and fourth innings to regain the lead, 4-3. Alexander hit his third home run of the season to account for DSU’s third inning run.
The Spartans scored a run in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at 4-4.
The Hornets scored their first sixth inning run on a wild pitch to pull ahead 5-4. Later in the inning, Cecil tripled in Charles Dailey and Cameron Onderko to give the Hornets a 7-4 lead. Nardone added a sacrifice fly in the sixth to put DSU ahead 8-4.
Delaware State led 9-5 when it put 10 runs on the board in the eighth to blow the game open. The Hornets sent 14 batters to the plate in the inning. Alexander drew a bases loaded walk to produce the first run of the inning. Sorondo followed with a double to score two. Miller had a run-scoring double, while Onderko singled in a run in the inning.
Cecil’s grand slam closed out the sixth inning scoring and gave the Hornets a 19-5 lead.
Delaware State’s 19 runs marked a season high. The previous high this season, 18, was against Norfolk State on Mach 16.
The Hornets have won four of their six games against Norfolk State this season. DSU has scored 63 runs in its four wins over the Spartans and six runs in the two losses.
The Hornets return to action at home this Tuesday against Towson University. Game time is 3 p.m. at Soldier Field.